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Donald Trump's plans to slash corporate taxes in the United States have sparked concerns of a new global fiscal race to the bottom, possibly involving a wave of negative social consequences, experts say. In what Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn described as "the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986, and one of the biggest tax cuts in American history," the White House plans to dramatically cut taxes for US businesses and individuals, slashing the corporate rate from a top rate of 35 percent to 15 percent. Trump's goal is for the reforms to propel the US economy to three percent annual growth.
PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are searching for two men who stole a woman's SUV on Saturday, then went on a shooting rampage through several Los Angeles suburbs, killing one man and injuring up to three other people.
One of two missing Arkansas siblings was found dead in a wooded area on Friday near the creek where their mother's body was discovered and not far from where another relative was found dead, authorities said. Investigators are hopeful the other child is alive.
(Reuters) - Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday: NORTH KOREA The Trump administration could respond to North Korea's latest failed missile test by speeding plans for new U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang, including possible measures against specific North Korean and Chinese entities, a U.S. official says. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile development could lead to "catastrophic consequences" while China and Russia rebuke Washington for its threat of force. NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION Trump pledges to uphold Americans' right to possess guns in a speech that he uses to revisit some 2016 election...
As Trump's first one hundred days in office come to a close, Americans are reflecting on what the president and his administration have been able to accomplish since stepping into the White House. To call these first hundred days tumultuous would be an understatement, as Trump's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed before it was even voted on and tensions with North Korea, Russia and even Canada have ratcheted up considerably. What does Trump think of all this? "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview this week. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier." A shockingly candid...
The US Congress easily passed a one-week stopgap spending bill Friday, assuring there is no embarrassing government shutdown on the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency. With lawmakers mindful of the midnight deadline, the measure cleared the House of Representatives 382 to 30, with broad bipartisan support. Minutes later, the Senate approved it by a simple voice vote.
After 30 hours of intense search by authorities in Joliet Township, Will County, the missing 16-month old toddler was found stuffed in a couch at her mother's home Thursday.
VARNER, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died.
Kenneth Williams' attorneys have appealed to US supreme court to stop his execution on grounds of intellectual disability. Arkansas has carried out its fourth execution within a week, bringing a bloody end to the state's controversial attempt to run a "conveyor belt of death" in an aggressive burst of killings unseen in the US for more than half a century. Kenneth Williams was pronounced dead at 11.05pm local time at the end of a long day of intense legal hearings in both state and federal courts that failed to secure a stay on his sentence.
NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the apparent random beating death of an elderly California woman (all times local):
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):
ABC News caught up with President Trump at the White House during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.
Normally, Verizon wins tests and comparisons based on its network coverage and only its network coverage. But to mix things up a little, Tom's Guide decided to compare basic customer service experiences across all the major postpaid and prepaid carriers, and Verizon ran away with first place. The Tom's Guide testing involved comparing the ease of access and quality of support across all the different platforms. So, they tried phone support, online chat, and even social media help to generate one total score for each carrier. Verizon came in first place, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T. Cricket managed to squeeze Sprint out of the top four, and prepaid carriers rounded out the rest of the...
Macedonia's opposition leader was among at least 10 people injured in parliament Thursday after protesters stormed the building following an allegedly unfair vote for a parliamentary speaker, witnesses and local media reported. An AFP reporter saw Zoran Zaev, who leads the main opposition Social Democrats, with blood on his face in the chaos, while Macedonian media quoting hospital sources said ten people were injured, including two deputies. The violence erupted after around 100 protesters supporting the rival VMRO-DPMNE party entered parliament waving Macedonian flags and singing the national anthem.
From ping pong tables to crocodile insurance, a rundown of the strangest gifts foreign leaders gave the leader of the free world.
Two US troops were killed and one was wounded while fighting an Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan, the US military said Thursday, near where Washington this month dropped the "Mother of All Bombs". US Forces-Afghanistan said the troops "came under attack during a raid against insurgents in Nangarhar province" late Wednesday. The troops were working with partnered Afghan soldiers in the raid against IS Khorasan, a local offshoot of the jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria.
Syria accused Israel of triggering a huge explosion near Damascus airport on Thursday by firing several missiles at a military position. Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, which is a close ally of the Syrian regime. In line with its usual practice, Israel's military declined to comment on the latest blast.
MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said.
A Wall Street firm will pay the former president $400,000 for a speech. It's still early, but so far Barack Obama's post-presidency has been a disappointment. On Monday - during his first public appearance since Trump's inauguration - Obama touched on income inequality.
United CEO Oscar Munoz explained in a written statement to senators that the company is reviewing its policies to ensure that its passengers, employees and partners are not put in "impossible situations."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's government announced Wednesday it will go ahead with its threatened withdrawal from the Organization of American States, the regional body whose leader has been one of the fiercest critics of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.
By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S. healthcare overhaul bill even though it would not fully repeal Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the group said in a statement on Wednesday. The group last month helped sink an effort to pass a Republican healthcare overhaul, called the American Health Care Act. "While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs," the House Freedom Caucus said in a statement posted on the website of its chairman,...
By Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel is seeking an "understanding" with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel's intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday. In an interview, visiting Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he was also using his meetings with White House officials and key lawmakers to press for further U.S. sanctions on Iran and the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. Trump's order is part of an effort to reverse many of the environmental protections implemented by his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama that Trump said were hobbling economic growth. Trump's agenda is being cheered by industry but enraging conservationists.
By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union opened a legal case against Hungary on Wednesday over a threat to close a Budapest university founded by the liberal U.S. financier George Soros, an accusation the country's leader rejected as unfounded. The EU's executive Commission sent Budapest a formal notice, saying a new Hungarian higher education law violated academic freedom and democratic values, and gave it a month to respond. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave an initial response shortly afterwards, rejecting accusations Budapest was threatening the Central European University (CEU) and dismissing the Hungarian-born Soros as a "financial speculator".
Telecom investors should be gearing up for a potential wave of mergers and acquisitions in coming months. According to T-Mobile ( TMUS) CEO John Legere, a number of companies will likely be looking to make strategic deals, including T-Mobile. Earlier in April, a Federal Communications Commission auction of U.S. government wireless airwaves that began last year finally came to a close.
It's funny how months of leaks and rumors can paint what appears to be a complete picture of an upcoming smartphone. But then, once the device is finally announced, a different picture forms. All of the components and details that leak never quite seem to accurately portray the finished product, and this was exactly the case with Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Months of leaks and rumors left precious few surprises when Samsung finally unveiled its new flagship phones last month, yet we were all still completely blown away. If you've read my in-depth Galaxy S8 review, then you know just how impressed I am with these new phones. And if you bought one yourself over the weekend,...
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In an unusual move, the White House will host the entire Senate to update lawmakers on tensions with Pyongyang. But it's not clear where the Trump administration is headed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.
CLEVELAND (AP) - An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed.
PARIS (AP) - The latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local):
BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally asked a court on Tuesday to dismiss his first-degree murder conviction now that he has died.
Chris Soules was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.
Tillerson invited African Union chief Moussa Faki to Washington to meet, then backed out. His last-minute snub could sour U.S. ties with Africa.
Many people continue to work after age 65, but they often prefer a part-time role. Some retirees work in low-wage jobs, likely because they need the money or appreciate some other aspect of the job, such as schedule flexibility. Here are the eight most commonly held jobs among people age 65 and older, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
10,000 years from now (assuming humans haven't been wiped out by a plague, space rock, or our own destructive tendencies), it'll probably be fairly easy for the average person to research what life was like in 2017. For us here today, finding out what life was like in 11,000BC is much more challenging, but by studying ancient stone carvings and pairing the somewhat confusing messages with archeological data, researchers believe they've discovered concrete evidence of an apocalyptic event that may have altered the future of mankind: a comet strike. The study, performed by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh (PDF), suggests that a potentially cataclysmic comet strike...
The incident happened on April 9 and sparked global outrage.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips dialed his friend's cellphone, cursing in panic. He was trapped by flames that had gotten out of control during what had been a summer afternoon of mischief inside a vacant building.
Turkish warplanes conducted a barrage of air strikes on Kurdish positions in northeast Syria early Tuesday, leaving several fighters dead, Kurdish forces and a monitor said. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said the strikes hit their positions near the Syrian border town of Al-Malikiyah at 2:00 am Tuesday (2300 GMT Monday). "Turkish planes carried out a broad offensive on a YPG base that houses media and communication centres and some military installations," the YPG statement said.
CHICAGO (AP) - The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.
Sudan on Monday warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum's intelligence agency. Sudan regularly accuses its neighbor of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border. South Sudan split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war fueled by ethnic divides and disputes over oil.
She credits the baby for giving her strength "I didn't even know I had."
Out with the old, in with the president's favorite cable programming.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.
A US-backed alliance of Arab-Kurdish forces entered the key jihadist-held town of Tabqa on Monday as they pursued their campaign against the Islamic State group in northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces have set their sights on Tabqa and the adjacent dam as part of their broader offensive for the city of Raqa, the Syrian heart of the jihadists' self-styled "caliphate" since 2014. Supported by US-led coalition air strikes and special forces advisers, the SDF surrounded Tabqa in early April.
Uber is in a dark place right now, having to defend itself against a wide range of allegations as various execs continue to abandon the company. Uber is conducting an internal investigation on sexism and harassment in the workplace, while Google is suing the company for having allegedly conspired to steal critical self-driving technology. A new report over the weekend revealed that Uber wanted to keep track of iPhone users even after they uninstalled the app, and the company went as far as trying to deceive Apple about its intentions. However, Apple got wind of the feature, which won Uber CEO Travis Kalanick an embarrassing meeting with Tim Cook. In early 2015, Apple's CEO threatened to...